How the Ford Mondeo Compares to the Class Leaders

The Ford Mondeo may not be the first car to spring to mind when you are in the market for a new motor, but the new fourth-generation should seriously be considered by any driver looking for a reliable and affordable executive car. The Mondeo has struggled to crack into the elite group of vehicles in its class such as the Audi A4 saloon, the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class, but how does the new version stack up?

Upgrade from its Predecessors

Firstly, the new Mondeo is an upgrade from its predecessors with a bigger size, better technology, improved looks and a broad choice of engines. This all makes it very appealing and practical to families and particularly to those that do not want to splash out on an Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

Depreciation Busting

One particularly interesting aspect which will appeal to many motorists is the fact that it is predicated that the new Ford Mondeo will hold its value better than all other vehicles in its class, except the C-Class. In a world where depreciation plays an enormous factor and is something that the majority must be concerned by, this gives the Mondeo a big edge over its other rivals. CAP Automotive have predicted that the new Mondeo will retain 42% of its original price after 3 years and 30,000 miles, whilst the A4 retains 38% and the 3-Series 36%.

How it Compares

In terms of performance, there is very little to separate the Mondeo from the class leaders as it is good fun to drive with precise handling, comfortable and slightly more practical than the competition. One area that it falls down is that the interior does not feel as luxurious as the class leaders, but that is to be expected with a lower price-tag. When you shop at reputable used car dealers like Motorpoint, you should be able to pick up the Mondeo for very affordable prices.

What Holds it Back

Although there being very little between the Ford Mondeo and the likes of Audi, Mercedes and BMW’s alternatives, it still struggles to compete with these rivals. The main reason for this is that the elite cars are seen as status symbols and, for the time being, will appeal more to those in the market for an executive automobile.

Despite this, any motorist should seriously consider the new Mondeo as it has come on leaps and bounds and is now a very practical and cost-effective automobile that deserves to be mentioned alongside the class leaders.


~ by velofinds on September 1, 2009.